WATCH: F1 Commentator Murray Walker Spices Up Snooker Commentary as Only He Can

Published 03/15/2021, 8:30 AM EDT


The F1 world was rocked to its core when news broke about the passing of Murray Walker. Walker was regarded as the iconic ‘voice of Formula 1,’ having commentated on the sport from 1976 to 2001. The Briton, who was also a World War II veteran, had a very distinctive and passionate style of commentary, and his voice will forever ring in the soul of F1 fans.

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Apart from being a top-notch commentator, Walker was also quite a humorous person. So in memory of him, let us relive the time when Mr. Walker dabbled into commentating on the sport of Snooker. It was only for a brief period of time, but boy was it pure gold!

Walker had once appeared on BBC’s famous motorcar talk show Top Gear. There, Murray told the host Jeremy Clarkson about his desire to commentate on the sport of snooker.

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FILE PHOTO. Motor racing commentator Murray Walker holds up his OBE (Order of the British Empire). Buckingham Palace December 3, 1996. REUTERS/File Photo

His statement drew laughs from Clarkson and the audience. But Clarkson, nevertheless, let Walker tick this one off his bucket list. Handing him a microphone, all attention turned to the Walker as he began to commentate on a clip of a snooker game.

And that’s where the fun begins.

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Murray stands up to get the blood pumping and changes the dreary sport of snooker into a nail-biting contest by sheer virtue of his words.

He says in his characteristic high pitched, full of energy voice, “And here we are! That’s Ronny O’Sullivan, this man is absolutely sensational! 

“He’s using a special high grip chalk on his cue! The cue itself is a very high-tech piece of equipment. Now watch him, which ball is he going to hit? He’s going to hit the white ball! He is going to hit it straight on the yellow ball, back goes the cue and slam! He has missed it! He’s missed it! Fantastic!”

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Walker will most certainly be missed. A flood of tweets came in from several F1 drivers who paid tribute to Walker. No one will ever forget his legacy. He was the man who made even the most dreary of moments lively. Rest in Peace Murray Walker.

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Ronan Carvalho

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Ronan Carvalho is senior F1 author for Essentiallysports. Ronan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from St. Xavier's College.

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